Eastern Sand Darter (Ammocrypta pellucida)

The eastern sand darter is a small member of the perch family that grows to a length of about 8 cm.  This species is easily distinguished from other darters by its slender, elongate, translucent body. The eastern sand darter is found almost exclusively in sandy-bottomed areas of streams and rivers where it often buries itself completely. Populations of this species have declined throughout its range due to siltation, sand bar removals, dam building and pollution. In the Sydenham River, the eastern sand darter has recently been collected from the lower reaches of the East branch, but no longer occurs in the upper portion of the river. 

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